Without actually listening to any music, an Evolutionary biologist and his team of researchers have figured out that the most influential genre of music in the last fifty years is hip-hop. Using the same techniques used to study worms, the researchers were able to use computers to analyze 17,000 songs.
Even if you disagree, the story and the science is intriguing and worth your time.
Forget the Beach Boys, Michael Jackson and Madonna. The most important cultural shift in American pop music began with the explosion of rap in the early 1990s..
The Beatles and the Rolling Stones didn’t spark the British Invasion of the 1960s, but they did fan its flames.
And don’t buy snobs’ complaints about the homogenization of pop. With the exception of a brief period in the 1980s, there’s been plenty of diversity in the charts.
These are the conclusions of engineers and biologists who analyzed 17,000 digitized songs from Billboard’s Hot 100 to produce an evolutionary history of American popular music — no listening required. Their results were published Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science.